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It looks like Syracuse is joining the ACC. They might not really show up for a couple of seasons as the Big East has a rule about waiting 27 months before leaving.


This looks like a positive for UMd lacrosse as Syracuse could give them another game where they could get around 10,000 in Byrd. I imagine that

UMd will probably have to move the date of the UMBC or Towson game in March to fit Syracuse in. It would be nice if we could just start the Syracuse series this spring.


What will happen with the ACC tmt? Play-in game or just the top 4?

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I am hearing that the Alumni Game is Friday, October 21st. The more I think about Syracuse coming into the ACC the less I like it. It doesn't get the ACC the AQ, the conference went from very hard to insane, the traveling just got harder and at some point every ACC school is not going to get into the round of 16 even if they deserve to. Syracuse seems to have hung the Big East out to dry...

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Adding Syracuse has a mixed effect on UMd's NCAA tmt chances.

On the one hand, Syracuse loses out on the Big East AQ and now will be in the at-large fight every year - which hurts UMd's chances a tad.

On the other hand, playing Syracuse helps UMd's SOS, which increases UMd's chances. Let us not forget that with UMd's local rivals (Towson, UMBC, Navy, Georgetown) being rather middling, UMd needed to gain the extra game with Duke in the ACC tmt final to get their SOS in the top 10 last season. Even with the ACC tmt win, UMd didn't get a seed. UMd definitely needs to upgrade their schedule strength some and Syracuse does this.


Overall, I think the value of adding a home game with Syracuse every other year greatly outweighs any NCAA tmt effects. This should be an event-like game, drawing around 10,000 fans (in decent weather). Hopefully, the games up at Syracuse will be televised.


Playing Syrcacuse, home and away, could be another card for Tillman to play in the recruiting game also.

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Looking into the future:

That gives UMd the #1 recruit Rambo and the #9 recruit Connor Cannizzaro in the 2013 class. They would arrive as freshmen for the 2014 season, when this fall's highly touted freshmen: #6 Solomon, #11 Bobby Gribbin and #16 Forster are juniors - which would give UMd a pretty highly touted group of offensive players (almost on the level of UVa.)


One can't put total faith in IL's rankings, but if most of these guys live up to their rankings and a few of UMd's other pretty good recruits develop into quality players, the UMd might put one of its best offenses in long time on the field in the 2015 season. Only time will tell.

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Jakob Engelke has an interview with John Tillman up on InsideMdSports:


Is there any way Cummings makes the switch back to his high school position of attack with the departures of Grant Catalino, Travis Reed and Ryan Young?


“We’re going to play him at both [midfield and attack] this fall. We certainly won’t rule that out. It could happen. … Is Joe clearly the best attackman? If he is, then we’ll keep him at attack. It’s nice to have that flexibility being able to move Joe around to one place or the other.”




There are also some nice pictures of the Terps at Fall practice on their facebook site:


A little strange for a Terp fan to look at

#27 is no longer Ryan Young, #1 is not Grant Catalino, #37 is no longer Brian Farrell, #44 is no longer Brett Schmidt....

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IL has added a couple of more to the Terps 2013 class:


Ben Chisolm, A, South River HS (Md.) has committed to Maryland. Chisolm played for the 2011 Freestate Team, SoCo Lacrosse Club and T2 Lacrosse Clubs, and participated in UPLax, Brine Shootout, MVP and Lake Placid. The 5-8, 155 lbs. recruit was earned MSLCA All-State 2011 and All-Anne Arundel County 2011 honors. He also considered Ohio State, Loyola and UMBC.


Chad Rafferty, LSM/D, Malvern Prep (Pa.) has committed to Maryland, according to A member of Mesa Fresh and Dukes, he also considered North Carolina, Ohio State and Villanova.


Add this to the rest of ILs list

No. 1 Matt Rambo, A/M, La Salle (Pa.)

No. 9 Connor Cannizzaro, A, Cazenovia (N.Y.)

No. 19 Mac Pons, D, Boys' L atin (Md.)

John Belz, M, Calvert Hall (Md.)

Jake Clise, A, Loyola-Blakefield (Md.)

Dan Morris, G, Dallas Jesuit (Tex.)

Alec Dunn, D, Westminster School (Conn.)

Isaiah Davis-Allen, M, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)

So UMd is up to 11. One sort of wonders if Tillman is near done, as the current junior class they replace only has 9 or so in it.



2012 recruiting class

Tyler Brooke was named the 11th best Rising junior attackman on ESPN/Rise.

Sort of interesting that Bradlee Lord and Thomas Forsberg ranked #22 and #23 on ILs list (the 7th and 8th attackmen), respectively, didn't make ESPN/Rise's top 25 attackmen list. Forsberg is listed as an attack/midfielder but doesn't make ESPN/Rise's midifield list either. This is quite a difference, who will be right?

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